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John Gilbert O'DELL

Male 1894 - 1952  (57 years)


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  • Name John Gilbert O'DELL 
    Born 29 Jul 1894  Laurel County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Name John Gilbert "Red" O'DELL 
    Died 26 Jul 1952  Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried South Germany Cemetery, Pershing, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Elizabeth Ann Grubb:

      NOTES:

      "Red" O'DELL, in spite of his frequent use of swear words and almost constant teasing, was loved by his family and highly esteemed by friends and neighbors. He was a "red neck" in many ways but one of the most caring and generous people compiler has ever known. When anyone, family, friends or neighbors, had problems and needed help, "Red" was there. Compiler remembers many stories of members of the extended family being out of work or ill and having food supplied from Red's farm or from groceries he bought and took to them.

      Still, this man knew trouble of his own. Twin daughters died in infancy and a son also died at birth after 1926. His beloved wife, Sarah, suffered from mental illness and after several years of trying to care for her at home, Red had to raise his two boys alone when Sarah was committed to the Mental Hospital in Logansport, IN. She never returned for more than a short visit. John G. O'DELL died at Woodlawn Hospital in Rochester, IN. . . .

      (Wilma MOW FOLTZ, a cousin to Sarah MARSHALL O'DELL, wrote the following comments in a letter to compiler, June, 1994).

      "Red was real good to Sarah's family. He kept Frank and Aunt Lydia like they were his own family. . . . Sarah's brother Frank lived with them and helped with the farming. When they lived on the Brewer place Frank started acting funny - talking to himself and getting mad over nothing. He kept getting worse, he said something to his mother and she laughed and he got real mad.

      ["]Red talked with the county doctor and they examined him (Frank) and put him in Longcliff, a mental hospital at Logansport.

      ["]I don't know when he died. We never heard from Roy. We didn't know about Sarah's death till I read it in the newspaper. She was buried the same day. . . ."

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      March, 1996: Hubert H. O'DELL, Red's youngest brother, loaned compiler the Family Record Sheets from his mother's Bible. Recorded on two of the sheets were the following:

      (In what seems to be a man's writing in green ink - perhaps Frank, his father) "John j Odell was Borned July th1 29 1894."

      The fifth child entered on a list of all Frank's children on a different page and (apparently in a female's writing - Maggies' ?) "John G. O'dell were Borned July 29 1894" Beside that entry in darker ink is written "Laurel Co. Ky."

      The 1920 census shows "Red" enumerated in his parents' household. His age is given as "25", occupation "general labor." This enumeration was taken 02 January 1920, just five months before "Red" married Sarah MARSHALL.

      (2) Tombaugh, Jean C. and Wendell C., Fulton County Indiana Obituaries 1952, The News-Sentinel, Rochester, IN: Tombaugh House, 2001:

      Monday, July 28, 1952

      John G. O'Dell

      A serious illness of six months duration ended in death at noon Saturday at Woodlawn hospital for John G. O'DELL, 67 [sic; should be 57], of RFD 3, Argos, where he had resided for a number of years.s [sic]

      Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday at Grandview church in Richland township, with the Rev. Myron M. KOTTKE, officiating. Burial will be in South Germany cemetery.

      The deceased, a veteran of World War I, had engaged in farming until about two years ago, when he found employment at the Kingsbury Ordnance Plant until failing health forced his retirement. He was a member of the Leroy C. Shelton Post, American Legion.

      Born July 29, 1894, in Kentucky, he was the son of W. F. and Virginia PHELPS O'DELL. His marriage was in 1919 to Sarah MARSHALL who survives.

      Also surviving are two sons: Robert Arthur [O'DELL] and Gilbert Leroy [O'DELL] of here; five brothers and four sisters: Lacy [O'DELL], Nowata, Okla.; Samuel H. [O'DELL], Springfield, Ohio; Thomas L. [O'DELL], Plymouth; Isaac M. [O'DELL], Nowata; Hubert [O'DELL], Sidney, Ind.; Mrs. Russell WARREN, Nowata; Mrs. Virgil GILCHRIST, Jeffersonville, Ind.; Mrs. Lester HUTSON, South Bend; Mrs. Walter WILLIAMS, Plymouth.

      The body rests at the Foster funeral home, to be removed to the church for the services Tuesday.
    Person ID I22756  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2018 

    Father William Franklin O'DELL,   b. 12 Aug 1859, Tazewell, Claiborne County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1948, Plymouth, Marshall County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Virginia Margaret PHELPS,   b. 19 Oct 1870, Laurel County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1924, Plymouth, Marshall County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 27 Oct 1889  Laurel County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3473  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Louise MARSHALL,   b. 31 Aug 1900, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Feb 1989, Indiana Veteran's Home, Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 29 May 1920  Rochester, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2018 10:18:54 
    Family ID F10015  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart